A landscape can get stuck in your mind for many reasons not just because is astonishing. Sometimes you just don’t know why but you keep remembering the picture you mentally took or maybe you did it with your camera as well.
The Lac Negre, Black Lake in Catalan, is the case for me, it just pops up in my mind once in a while.
I keep going there on tour and, in between the 200 lakes of Aigüestortes National Park, this is the lake I better remember. I just don’t know why … yet.
You can take the trail at the right side of the dam face upstream and you will find some signs pointing to the mountain hut Ventosa i Calvell. By the way, a mountain hut in Catalan “refugi”.
It will take you around 2h30m walking until the mountain hut and there you will find the lake.
Although I already did this walk a few times, usually I arrive to Ventosa i Calvell coming from another mountain hut while doing a trekking tour called Carros de Foc.
The water of the lack seems black because of some algae, the dark color of the granite and also because it never gets to much direct sunlight.
The best picture of the lake is during sunrise. Although for a photographer can seem obvious is also to say that during sunset the landscape can be quite flat, it loses the sensation of depth.
For several years I crossed this place during the first week of June, when the mountain huts were starting their season and the scenery was always different. Sometimes it was all white from the snow/ice and some other years the snow/ice was long gone and everything was green under a deep blue sky.
I’m leaving you with some pictures of the lake, the mountain hut and where you can see also a mountain range on the background called Bessiberri.
Would you like to visit this lake?